Harare Airport road set to open next week

HARARE - The Harare Airport road phase one will officially be launched next week ahead of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) scheduled to start on Saturday.

Ken Sharpe, Augur Investment’s director, said so far four kilometres of the road have been completed and will open to the motoring public starting next week.

Augur is constructing the 10 km-stretch at a total cost of about $80 million in return for land equivalent to that value.

“The initial contractual agreements estimated the whole project to be $68 million plus 15 percent vat to make it $80 million,” Sharpe said.

The two sections that are now available to the motoring public are Dieppe road to George road and Harare drive to Harare International Airport.

The project, christened the Joshua Nkomo Express, started in 2008.

Sharpe said the remaining 6km will be constructed speedily.

“We have improved,” he said. In the last six weeks, we have done six months of work. Given that further investments from all stakeholders is being made, all things being equal, it will ensure that the current momentum is maintained with a view to completing the Phase 2 of road works by April 2014,” he said.

Land covering 130 hectares in Borrowdale and Gunhill has already been transferred as payment for the
completed phase, valued at $20 million.

“We actually got Ema certificates for Gunhill land this Friday,” he said.

The road will host six junctions with proposed fly overs, an intersection, service roads for adjacent properties and a duplicate independence arch monument among other structures.

According to Bernard Musarurwa, the project engineer, about 30 road signs had been erected on the new road by Friday, but half were stolen by Saturday.


Comments (2)

1.10 km-stretch at a total cost of about $80 million 2.Land covering 130 hectares in Borrowdale and Gunhill has already been transferred 3.about 30 road signs had been erected on the new road by Friday, but half were stolen by Saturday This is so disturbing its like we are retrogressing as a nation, Rhodes got all our mines in exchange of what,we are busy fighting to take back that land and it has costed the economy yet we are doing the same mistakes Lobengula made,if land is so important how on earth does 130 hectares of land be given away for a 10km road,to impress who the UN delegates,the simple fact that half of the road sins you put were stolen a day after sends the right picture that people are hungry and they need the land you gave away to farm not just a 10km roam and some flyovers. I live in a developed country as a Zimbabwean and not saying development is not good but if for every 10km road we have been giving away 130hectares of land where could we be today. In Botswana the government years back sold the land in Kgale to the Roman Catholic Church and now Government is renting that land to build the Kgale Mews ,renting their own land. Our leaders please good governance entails good future decisions not this harp hazard planning of a road which was supposed to be build gradually now some minister of roads is costing the life of future generations ,giving it away for a road who knows the life span of that road, and governement will still be paying for servicing that road but 130 hectares of prime land in Borrowdale and Gunhill is gone at the expense of a minister who probably has something to gain in this whole deal.I am angry and hope God will help my beautiful country Zim and save it from this kind of leadership.

jemutiyasi - 20 August 2013

The land traded for road development is a wetland. Any independent scientific and environmental organisation will confirm this. The shortsightedness of handing over our natural water filtration and storage system to a business in exchange for a bit of tar points to corruption, greed and selfishness that will become evident as we see our water become polluted and eventually dry up so that a few individuals can make a quick buck. Our children and our childrens' children will suffer because of this. Fight this, Harare. Fight it because water is life and in this zero sum game, the city is the loser, and Ken Sharpe is the winner. Did you, as a citizen, agree to sell off that land?

Dont sell zim - 5 September 2013

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